SOLD: 3166 Kipling St, Palo Alto 94306

3166 Kipling St – $2,398,000.  Sold for $2500K, COE 10/13/16

– 4 bed, 2.5 bath

– 2088sf living space on a 6799sf lot

– Built in 1951

– Remodeled kitchen and upgraded bathrooms, Beamed ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors

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Listed 9/29/16 (Timothy Foy of Midtown Realty represents the Seller)

SOLD: 1745 Hamlet St, San Mateo 94403

1745 Hamlet St– $949,000.  Sold for 1050K, COE 11/9/16

– 3 bed, 2 bath

– 1330sf living space on a 6181sf lot

– Built in 1954

– Fully remodeled corner lot home, Brand new kitchen, Two bathrooms redone with contemporary finishes

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Listed 9/29/16 (Russ Sadykhov of Intero Real Estate  represents the Seller)

SOLD: 1317 Todd St, Mountain View 94040

1317 Todd St – $2,299,000.  Sold for $2650K, COE 10/28/16

– 4 bed, 3 bath

– 1826sf living space on a 5022sf lot

– Built in 1953

– Completely rebuilt in 2016, Open great room, Designed for indoor/outdoor living and perfect for entertaining

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Mark’s Preview Notes:

Here is a good example of how you can take a traditional 1953 ranch home, raise the ceiling and makeover an open floor plan to modernize it.  It feels so much more spacious this way, and the façade gives that Ultra Modern feeling.

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Listed 9/29/16 (Elizabeth Thompson  of Coldwell Banker represents the Seller)

SOLD: 919 Oregon Ave, Palo Alto 94303

919 Oregon Ave – $3,499,000.  Sold for $3499K, COE 10/20/16

– 5 bed, 3.5 bath

– 2866sf living space on a 7056sf lot

– Built in 2016

– Seamless living areas flow freely into backyard retreat, Well appointed bedrooms, Italian kitchen cabinetry

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Mark’s Preview Notes:

You know how much I love Ultra Modern homes, but I have to say that I’m a little disappointed here.  It’s well built, and the open living floor plan is what you’re looking for, but I really feel this architecture and design is “so 15 years ago.”  How else can I say it?

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Listed 9/28/16 (DeLeon Team of Deleon Realty represents the Seller)

SOLD: 89 Alma Ct, Los Altos 94022

89 Alma Ct – $2,898,000.  Sold for $2920K, COE 11/10/16

– 4 bed, 3.5 bath

– 2727sf living space on a 10001sf lot

– Built in 1971

– Bright open floor plan, Large great room/kitchen area, Living room with vaulted ceiling

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Listed 9/28/16 (Bogard-Tanigami Team of Alain Pinel Realtors represents the Seller)

SOLD: 1014 Henderson Ave, Menlo Park 94025

1014 Henderson Ave – $1,249,000.  Sold for $1360K, COE 11/9/16

– 2 bed, 1 bath

– 940sf living space on a 5900sf lot

– Built in 1950

– Zen retreat, Updated kitchen with marble counters and high end stainless range

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Listed 9/26/16 (Omar Kinaan of Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty represents the Seller)

SOLD: 2115 Redington Rd, Hillsborough 94010

2115 Redington Dr – $5,275,000.  Sold for $4925K, COE 1/5/17

– 9 bed, 4.5 bath

– 6750sf living space on a 24763sf lot

– Built in 1977

– Main level offers living, dining, guest and work spaces,  Bedrooms are tucked onto the upper level

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Listed 9/23/16 (Alicia Sanguinetti of Alain Pinel Realtors represents the Seller)

Off Market Opportunity: 15325 Norton Rd, Saratoga 95070

Please tell me we can find someone who has the resources to save this house!  Here is an incredible piece of architecture (I’m still researching who is the architect) because this home is composed completely of trapezoidal shapes and angles.  All of the window shapes, each of the bedroom walls, the multiple roof angles, all are trapezoids – I don’t think there is a right angle in the whole house, this is very unique!  There is even a pool house which is shaped like a trapezoid.  The condition is very rough, but if you can see past that there are great bones of a structure that should be restored.  For the most part all the original elements are in place, the cabinetry and built-ins are all there in hard wood with aluminum pull handles, and the light colored wood paneling of the period seems to be in good shape.  Flooring is a concrete slab with radiant heat (bonus), they used steel I-beam for support and in the stairway, and just look at those 25ft tall single wide-plank siding!  Behind the overgrown trees is some of the best views money can buy from Mountain View all the way to downtown San Jose.

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I think this house is a hidden treasure and could be a great project to restore.  Here is what we do:

  • Go down to the bare concrete slab to resurface it for that high-end loft feeling
  • Get an architect to draft up plans to connect the main house with the pool house which is only about 20ft away, this will help increase the bedroom count
  • Remove the living room fireplace to increase space in the bedroom behind that wall
  • Repair all the ceiling tongue and groove while installing a ribbed metal roof
  • Select a paint scheme that combines some natural wood tones with muted colors instead of the white/gray it is today
  • Replace all the sliding doors and opening windows as well as the stationary trapezoid windows for dual pane (same time as repairing any wood damage before roof and painters)
  • In fact, I think the living room to deck should be replaced with either 2 side by side sliders or even a Nanawall
  • I like the pool, but for some people removing it is a better choice so I could go either way
  • Modernize the landscaping and make the huge retention wall an architectural feature as you drive up

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Withdrawn: 3120 Alexis Dr, Palo Alto 94304

3120 Alexis Dr – $10,888,000.

– 7 bed, 9 bath, 2 half-bath

– 9478sf living space on a 27873sf lot

– Built in 2013

– Expansive rooms with high ceilings and magnificent views, Separate guest quarters, Large back gardens with multiple patios

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Listed 9/22/16 (Grace Wu of Alain Pinel Realtors represents the Seller)